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Friday reading: Air Force previews, AHA capsules; NCHC, Denver, Penn State

Published: October 11, 2013, 9:42 am, by Joe Paisley

afa vs uaaHere is my season preview for Air Force which will look for players to step up on offense and capsules on the other 11 Atlantic Hockey Association teams. SB Nation’s college hockey blog, formerly called the Western College Hockey Blog, picks the Falcons to place seventh in the AHA.

The Anchorage Daily News talks about the Kendall Classic and previews the host Seawolves while the Fairbanks News-Miner breaks down the tournament field.

Michigan Tech of the WCHA and the NCHC’s Minnesota-Duluth will play their 224th and 225th games against each other this weekend. Duluth travels to CC next weekend. Here is the Daily Mining Gazette’s WCHA season predictions.

Need more on the WCHA? Check out Puckato, the Minnesota State beat writer’s blog and his weekly linkorama, Friday morning skate. That blog is always worth a click.

Here is a look at North Dakota by Bismarck writer Scooter Pursley and on Western Michigan by the Kalamazoo beat writer.

Denver’s Will Butcher, an Avs draft pick, is featured by the Denver Post headed into the season-opening home series against Merrimack. Here are multiple links and predictions on the NCHC this weekend. Here are USCHO’s NCHC picks which may surprise you a little.

Penn State opens the Pegula Ice Arena tonight against Army. Here is a look at the Hockey East schedule this weekend, which includes No. 11 Minnesota State at No. 14 Providence. Keep an eye on that series.

Thursday night results

No. 11 Michigan 3, No. 4 Boston College 1

At Ann Arbor: Luke Moffatt scored two power-play goals to power the host Wolverines to a minor upset of the Eagles.

Also: Colgate 4, RIT 1